The celebrated phenomenon of trick-or-treating will see swarms of children gather on your doorstep, eagerly expecting a tasty treat for their troubles. On the surface, Halloween is a jaunty tradition and a fun excuse for kids to dress up and enjoy some free sweets. However, the reality of the matter is that Halloween can be a daunting affair for plenty of homeowners.
Property owners can feel threatened by the notion that, if you can’t provide a treat, you will receive a trick – often in the form of property damage. According to Aviva claims data between 2002 and 2012, malicious domestic damage increases by 150% during Halloween. For some property owners, it’s hard to find peace of mind on such a frantic night. However, there are certain tips and tricks (the good kind) that can help offer peace of mind for property owners on Halloween.
In trick-or-treat etiquette, a lit pumpkin is an invitation. If you don’t like the idea of strangers invading your doorstep, don’t leave a lit pumpkin outside of your house. Similarly, don’t be afraid of putting a polite notice outside of your house to let people know that you won’t be answering the door to trick-or-treaters. It’s important that the notice isn’t too abrupt or abrasive, otherwise, you might antagonise the trick-or-treaters and potentially spur them into mischief.
Perhaps the best way to ensure peace of mind on Halloween is to be afforded with the ability to monitor the activity on your doorstep throughout the night, without having to physically answer the door. A Blink XT smart home security camera can be installed on the exterior of your property – out of arm’s reach, out of harm’s reach – to provide a watchful eye over anyone approaching your home. Filming in HD night-vision, you will have recorded footage of any potential offender that might wish harm to your home.